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Could UGA challenge Alabama for nation’s No. 1 recruiting class?

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Could UGA challenge Alabama for the nation’s top recruiting class in 2015?

That was our question for 247sports.com’s Rusty Mansell in the below video.

UGA just bumped up the nation’s No. 5 overall class after a trio of high-profile commits — one of the best seven-day stretches of “non-signing day” football recruiting in recent Bulldogs history.

You usually don’t see fireworks like this until the first week of February. Here’s a recap of UGA’s magical week of commits:

  • UGA got the big fish with Trent Thompson, the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect. Rather than drag it out to signing day for publicity like most elite recruits do, Thompson called it off early. The direct impact of Thompson on other recruits is probably being overstated, but his commitment definitely bolsters the perception that UGA’s 2015 class could be something very special. Thompson is a 5-star defensive tackle from Albany’s Westover High School.
  • UGA ripped one away from Alabama when Jonathan Ledbetter flipped from the Crimson Tide to the Bulldogs. Ledbetter is rated as the state’s No. 10 overall prospect — and if he hadn’t skipped a grade (he’s 16 years old as a senior), he’d probably be one of the nation’s top 25 prospects for next year. Jonathan’s flip completed a masterful package deal that started when the Bulldogs signed his older brother, a former Div. II basketball player, to a football scholarship this summer. Jonathan is a defensive lineman from Tucker High School.
  • UGA addressed its biggest overall need for 2015 with 4-star wide receiver Jayson Stanley. The Bulldogs now have 4-6 commits who could play wide receiver, led by 5-star Terry Godwin. UGA’s depth for big-time playmakers is so thin at wide receiver that walk-ons played pivotal roles ahead of more publicized recruits after last season’s injuries at the position. Stanley, who plays at Creekside High School, is a Georgia Tech legacy.

After the trio of commits, UGA has rocketed all the way up to the No. 5 overall spot in the national team rankings, via 247sports.com composite scores (which combines the four major recruiting services).

Could UGA challenge Alabama for the No. 1 overall spot? 247sports.com’s Rusty Mansell talks about that and more in the below video:

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1496419233001?bctid=3743400376001

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